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Being Ace and having MDD?

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Struggling lately

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Something Weird Happened.

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I've just figured this out

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That was unexpected

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Cold Turkey

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Epic music

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The Pursuit of Happines

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Aqua and Kal are now friends
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Stasia OBrien posted a discussion

Share Your Story

Hi everyone!I have started writing a book about my MDD and I was wondering if anyone here would like to share their experiences and stories with me to be published in this book?You would be totally anonymous. I'd use fake names of course.Looking for folks who are willing to not only share their personal stories - but some of their MDDs as well.I think it is important to get the info out there and until it is classified as a disorder, I thought it could be helpful to put it out there from our…See More
16 hours ago
Kal commented on Kal's blog post Something Weird Happened.
"Ah, the average Indian isn't that litigious. That being said, I won't give anyone I don't know meds from now on. Thanks for your advice. "
Aqua and A.Altai are now friends
Valeria liked R Cartright's discussion A new, in depth article on MDD
Roel replied to Maddy Creamer's discussion Have you noticed any weird changes in your daydreaming habits?
"I wouldn't say there have ever been changes in inspiration like you describe, but there have definetly been changes in theme and atmosphere. For example when I was a teen every daydream was a mindless actionmovie with special effects and…"
DebbieP. commented on Reverie's blog post My life is perpetual moulding and disintegration.
"Any updates?  You wrote this on January  30th.  I hope you were able to get your dissertation completed :) "
DebbieP. commented on Harley Penguin's blog post Life and all..
"You need to tell your psychiatrist about the MDD.  If they haven't heard of this addiction, once you describe it they should understand it immediately.  I understand that you want to be creative, so you'll miss your MDD but to…"
DebbieP. liked Ram's blog post How it destroys my life and how i find a solution.
DebbieP. liked matthewnewbery's blog post A Solution?
DebbieP. commented on matthewnewbery's blog post A Solution?
"Great post - it's so very, very true!  "
DebbieP. commented on Ram's blog post How it destroys my life and how i find a solution.
"YES, spot on!  MDD is an addiction, just like smoking, drinking or overeating.  The more we do - the more we want to do.  And some of us are more prone to addictive behaviors.  My father was an alcoholic.  I could very…"
DebbieP. commented on Teagan Nelson's blog post An Introduction, I guess
"Having MDD for almost 50 years, my advice to you would be to try and go to a regular school where you have to interact with real people.  If that's not possible, then become involved some other way.  Join the YMCA, join a church -…"
Luce commented on Alex Lasky's blog post MBTI and MDD
"I'm ENFP as well :)"
Luce replied to Liz's discussion I stopped daydreaming
"Don't say this, you didn't waste your life, and you're not less worthy than others only because you didn't get a degree, you could still get one if you wanted, I don't know where you're from but I'm from Italy and…"
Natalie commented on Alex Lasky's blog post MBTI and MDD
"I'm an INFJ"

Daydreamers welcome

Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.

For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.

This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.

I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.

This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.

One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.


Share Your Story

Started by Stasia OBrien 16 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi everyone!I have started writing a book about my MDD and I was wondering if anyone here would like to share their experiences and stories with me to be published in this book?You would be totally anonymous. I'd use fake names of course.Looking for…Continue

Have you noticed any weird changes in your daydreaming habits?

Started by Maddy Creamer. Last reply by Roel on Tuesday. 3 Replies

Yeesh, it has been way too long since I posted on here. Sincere apologies to anyone I was consistently chatting with before I disappeared! Anyway, I feel like Ive reached this weird point with my daydreaming where it kind of runs on a schedule in my…Continue

I stopped daydreaming

Started by Liz. Last reply by Luce on Monday. 4 Replies

Hi everyone! There seem to be quite a few people looking for ways to stop MDDing, so I figured I would share my story :)I started daydreaming when I was around 11, mainly as a coping method to deal with ugly life events. In middle school, I would…Continue

Con of using celebrities as DD characters

Started by Laura. Last reply by Veronica on Sunday. 10 Replies

This is kind of a weird issue and now that I know about this site and everyone on it, I want to share it with people who understand. So like a lot of you, my DD characters are all actors (I wanted to act as a kid so I started just 'living my dream'…Continue

Im losing my concentration

Started by Veronica on Sunday. 0 Replies

I've been daydreaming since I was a child. I'm on meds now for depression, but they do nothing for the daydreaming. I've noticed lately I can't watch TV , read a book, or do anything that I can't incorporate into my daydream. In the past I could at…Continue

Journey to a Life Free of Maladaptive Daydreaming

Started by Ulaan Gom. Last reply by Ulaan Gom Sep 20. 47 Replies

Day 1 - I've been Maladaptive Daydreaming for over four years now, and I know that it's time to stop. I've recently been able to improve my life, but am facing some obstacles right now and want to clear my mind and focus on improvement. Today I…Continue

Will we ever be able to listen to music?

Started by luna lancaster. Last reply by Steve C Sep 20. 7 Replies

Hello any and all, This is my first time posting here. Just found out I have this condition a few days ago, and like many of you was astounded to know there are others out there as strange as me. I have been trying for the first time in my life to…Continue

Daydreams never about me

Started by Mell D'Clute. Last reply by Luce Sep 20. 6 Replies

As I am still relatively new to this community, I am reading occasional posts by others. I'm have noticed a lot of DDs are about their own selves.Mine are never about me, although I can certainly see some characteristics or even who I wished I was…Continue

How to stop caring so much about the real lives of my characters (celebrities)?

Started by Grace. Last reply by Stasia OBrien Sep 19. 7 Replies

It has been so long since I've been on in here, posting something is actually making me a little anxious, but I don't know where else to ask and get responses that would actually help:I've posted before about my world, and that I always use real…Continue

Is it possible to fall in love with someone from your daydreams?

Started by Helen S. Last reply by Valeria Sep 19. 46 Replies

    Hey guys! :) First of all I'm new here and I want to say I'm really happy to have found you! Secondly, I think I have fallen in love with a character from my fantasies. I can't stop thinking about him and knowing that he is not here really…Continue


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    Out Of My Mind (article I wrote on MD)

    This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.  

    Out of My Mind…


    Created by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Nov 22, 2010 at 7:36pm. Last updated by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Nov 22, 2010.

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    Created by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Feb 20, 2010 at 11:14am. Last updated by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Feb 20, 2010.


    Do I have Maladaptive Dayreaming?

    Maladaptive Daydreaming is not an officially recognized condition yet. We’re still learning a lot about it. Here are some of the main symptoms that seem to be emerging:
    • You daydream more often than you think is normal.
    • You’ve built up a character(s) that’s an idealized version of yourself
    • You feel more empowered in your daydreams.
    • You’re starting to enjoy daydreaming better than the real world.
    • Daydreaming is starting to interfere with your day-to-day activities.
    • You might enact some movement, like pacing or moving your hands, (though not everyone does this).

    • Some people make facial expressions, talk, and/or act out their daydreams.  

    It's not all bad...

    Maladaptive Daydreamers have many gifts along with struggles.

    -extreme creativity
    -the ability to think through complex issues on our own
    -the ability to see issues from many perspectives (we can have intense dialogs in our own minds)
    -the ability to think quickly
    -strength. (It takes a lot of strength to live in two worlds at once.)
    -insightful and empathetic
    -loving (Even when no one's around, we still have people to love in our minds.)

    -extreme difficulty concentrating
    -sluggish. It's hard to be productive when you just want to daydream
    -clumsy and awkward
    -difficulty cultivating or maintaining relationships (This may not apply to everyone, but if your MD starts to progress, you may prefer daydreaming to real interactions)
    -difficulty completing tasks due to desire to constantly stop and daydreaming
    -difficulty reaching certain milestones because of constant desire to stop and daydream.

    What do I DO?

    Well, we're still figuring that out. Since this is so new it's kinda up to us to figure out how to deal with it. I encourage people to try anything they can & want to. If something works, please let us know, so others will benefit.
    -Identifying triggers
    Many people find that
    certain activities
    trigger them to start
    Identifying and
    limiting exposure to
    triggers is one way to
    Common triggers:
    music, tv, books,
    long walks or
    monotonous activity
    If you feel yourself
    starting to daydream,
    stop and change
    activities. Get up and
    do anything else and
    come back to it when
    you're feeling more
    -Getting out in the public
    A lot of times we just
    need to get out of our
    heads for awhile. Go
    out and talk to people.
    -Get up quickly and go to bed tired.
    Many daydream in the
    morning. To avoid
    this, make sure you get
    out of bed the instant
    you wake up.
    To avoid daydreaming
    at night, go to bed
    when you're extremely
    -Allow limited daydreaming
    Many of us really
    appreciate the comfort
    of our daydreams and
    don't want to give
    them up.
    Instead, allow
    yourself certain times
    to daydream, and
    force yourself to get
    up and stop when
    your time is up.
    -Find other things you love, and focus on them.
    Don't forget that we
    daydream because we
    love it. It may take
    time and energy to
    focus, but if we can
    make the external
    world more fun, then
    we won't need to
    daydream as much.


    Another common suggestion that people are saying works for them is meditation.  Some have said it helps them focus, even if it doesn't completely eliminate their MD.  Some have also said that Yoga and meditation help.



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